40: A Novel   -     By: Travis Trasher
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Plagued by hallucinations, writer Tyler Harrison covers a rock concert in Chicago, where he's told by an "angel" that he'll be dead before his next birthday. Terrified, Tyler reaches out to a famous DJ, who leads him on a downward spiral of temptation. Will he find the peace and redemption he seeks before he turns 40? 272 pages, softcover from Faithwords.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 044650551X
ISBN-13: 9780446505512
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Nine months shy of hs 40th birthday, freelance music producer Tyler Harrison has started to experience horrific hallucinations. At first, he thinks it's just the stress of his job, but the hallucinations continue until they culminate at the three-day concert in Chicago, Lollapalloza, which he is covering for work. There he is approached by an older man who tells him that he's going to die on his fortieth birthday.
The man claims to be an angel named Matthew, and even though he gives Tyler enough evidence to convince him he's telling the truth, he doesn't know what to do with the information.
Tyler's underlying doubt and confusion about Matthew's prediction turn to anger, both at God and those around him. As he begins to exhibit destructive behavior, he befriends Ellis, an internationally known DJ. Tyler is scared that he really is about to die. He's scared for his sanity. He's scared that if he does die, he's not going to Heaven. He also soon becomes scared of Ellis, who is wild and opens up a door of temptation to Tyler.
As Tyler begins falling in a downward spiral of fear and confusion, he reaches out to a pastor he met, Will, and tries to right his wrongs with some of the important people in his life in a desperate attempt to find peace before his 40th birthday.

Author Bio

The author of twelve works of fiction, Travis Thrasher creates flawed characters and takes them on harrowing journeys of redemption. He and his wife, Sharon, live with their daughter in Chicago, IL. For more information about Travis, visit www.travisthrasher.com.

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In 40 by Travis Thrasher, readers are confronted with this dilemma: what would you do if an angel visited you and said you were going to die on your next birthday? This is the question Tyler Harrison must answer as he approaches age 40. Tyler is a music producer who parties almost every night and long ago abandoned the faith of his childhood. Now as he is plunged into a series of nightmarish visions and dreams, he is forced to confront the beliefs about heaven and hell that his father once instilled in him. As his 40th birthday approaches, Tyler struggles to know what to believe, wondering why he has been chosen as the recipient of this "gift of knowledge," as the angel called it.

Though many fiction characters have faced the knowledge of their approaching deaths, Thrasher handles the subject with a fresh voice and approach. Tyler, despite his many flaws, is an appealing and relatable narrator. The story flows easily from one event to the next and at times Thrasher’s choice of words could be described as lyrical, which is appropriate when considering his main character’s profession.

The novel 40 brings to mind the parable of the rich fool from Luke 12. In verse 20 God says to the man, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?" As Tyler Harrison faces the reality of this story, readers will be asking themselves what they would do in his place. Thrasher's 40 presents an engaging, thoughtful look at a man's last days. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys suspense novels or deep character development. – Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

"In Broken, Travis Trasher improves again on his gifted ability to write severely flawed characters and place them in suspenseful situations that keep readers turning the pages."—May 2010, CBA Retailers and Resources

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  1. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for 40: A Novel - eBook.
    Tyler Harrison has lived his whole life waiting for that big break, that big project, that big something that will make him feel that he has achieved his life's purpose. But it seems that no matter what he does, no matter what big artist he produces and records, he just can't seem to arrive to that feeling of satisfaction. His entire life has been one big disappointment, and no matter what he achieves, it is never enough.

    Months before his 40th birthday, he is approached by a man that claims he is an angel named Matthew. Matthew tells Tyler he is going to die on his 40th birthday, and gives him some evidence to prove that what he is saying is true. Confused, Tyler doesn't know what to do with the information he's been given. He doesn't doubt the angel for a second, but he does wonder what he's supposed to do with the knowledge. As the days draw closer to his birthday, he sees his life as it truly is, not as what he has supposed it to be. Will Tyler learn the purpose of the day of his death being revealed? And will he be able to redeem a life wasted in time?

    You know a book is well written when you feel you are going losing your mind right alongside the main character. Oddly enough, this book gave me a picture of how my own life can be. I didn't get all the music references, probably because I'm too young for all that. But I felt like I was Tyler. And as I saw how his life was, and how it could have been; it really gave me a wake-up slap and made me realize that the choices we make really do affect those around us as well as ourselves. This has made it to the top of my list as a definite favorite from Thrasher. A work well done and an absolutely amazing read.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 11, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tyler Harrison has lived his whole life waiting for that big break, that big project, that big something that will make him feel that he has achieved his life's purpose. But it seems that no matter what he does, no matter what big artist he produces and records, he just can't seem to arrive to that feeling of satisfaction. His entire life has been one big disappointment, and no matter what he achieves, it is never enough.

    Months before his 40th birthday, he is approached by a man that claims he is an angel named Matthew. Matthew tells Tyler he is going to die on his 40th birthday, and gives him some evidence to prove that what he is saying is true. Confused, Tyler doesn't know what to do with the information he's been given. He doesn't doubt the angel for a second, but he does wonder what he's supposed to do with the knowledge. As the days draw closer to his birthday, he sees his life as it truly is, not as what he has supposed it to be. Will Tyler learn the purpose of the day of his death being revealed? And will he be able to redeem a life wasted in time?

    You know a book is well written when you feel you are going losing your mind right alongside the main character. Oddly enough, this book gave me a picture of how my own life can be. I didn't get all the music references, probably because I'm too young for all that. But I felt like I was Tyler. And as I saw how his life was, and how it could have been; it really gave me a wake-up slap and made me realize that the choices we make really do affect those around us as well as ourselves. This has made it to the top of my list as a definite favorite from Thrasher. A work well done and an absolutely amazing read.
  3. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Not my cup of tea.
    February 20, 2012
    Barbara Maurer
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Sorry, but although this book met with pretty good reviews by many people, I couldn't "get into" it at all, so stopped reading after about 10 chapters. I kept thinking to myself, "What's the point, here?" and felt that the dark character of the book was not something that was inspiring or that I wanted to continue with. Part of it could be that it's a totally different generation. . . .and all the references to popular music groups meant nothing. Also, I don't think it's necessary to use curse words in a so-called "Christian" novel. Put the book in the Goodwill sack.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    An emotional and suspenseful journey
    December 3, 2011
    Christianfictionaddiction
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Music producer Tyler Harrison has made a life for himself far away from the home of his youth, the home of his emotionally distant and judgmental father. After a visit to his dad, who was struck speechless after a heart attack ravaged his body, Tyler starts to experience hallucinations. Nine months before his fortieth birthday he's visited by someone claiming to be an angel named Matthew, delivering a message that Tyler will die on his birthday. As Tyler becomes consumed with anger and fear and confusion in the wake of this message, trying to avoid his past and his present, he finally makes the decision to try to make his peace before his death, a decision that leads to unexpected outcomes.

    Travis Thrasher continues to surprise me with the variety of the stories he has penned. 40 was again different than his previous works, an emotional and suspenseful journey with a satisfying conclusion. I must admit that at first I did not enjoy this book as much as I did some of his previous works (Isolation continues to be one of my favorites) as I thought the book was a bit slow to get started. However, as I became immersed in it's pages, as the suspense revealed itself, the story grew on me and soon I was flying through the pages in the second half. Thrasher is an accomplished writer who can entertain while inspiring personal reflection.

    Ultimately, I was left deep in thought as I thought about the decisions I make in my own life. I would like to assume that I make much different decisions than a man like Tyler, and in some ways I do. But Jesus also reminds us that our actions start in our heart, and my heart is not so different than Tyler's. Tyler is a complex character, deftly developed in his history and motivations. Thrasher reminds us that our choices can lead to dark outcomes, but that God's always there alongside us, waiting to lead us home, waiting to free us.

    I give this book a solid recommendation rating of 4 out 5 stars. I must warn readers that there is some foul language that the author includes, likely to add to the believability of the character, but this may offend some.

    Book received courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.
  5. Henderson, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A NEW TWIST ON CHRISTIAN SUSPENSE...
    May 18, 2011
    Henderson, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    40 A NOVEL by Travis Thrasher is a christian suspense.Music producer Tyler,starts to experience horrific hallucinations just shy of his fortieth birthday. He will be approached by Matthew,a man who claims to be an angel.Not knowing what to do with this information Matthew gives him,his begins to spiral out of control. He is afraid and confused.What would you do if you where told that would you die on your fortieth birthday,I wonder.Would you be like Tyler,and be afraid,angry,confused,turn from God,turn to destructive behavior or would you accept your fate without question and kept your faith.This is not only a suspense but also a story of faith.Finally,Tyler meets Will,a pastor who will help him find his way,restore his faith,find peace before his fortieth birthday. While "40 A Novel" has many questions it also has many of the answers to those seem questions about life and death. This story is written in first person,while I do not normally enjoy reading first person stories this one was interesting.If you enjoy a different sort of christian suspense than this is the one for you.You will find "40 A Novel" interesting and complex while it also has suspense.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Faith Words,a division of Hachette Book Group,Inc.and My Book Addiction Reviews.

    Visit the author at www.travisthrasher.com
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